Future is looking bright for booming ladies football

FANS of ladies Gaelic games have been treated to a feast of football in recent weeks, both at national and local levels.

FANS of ladies Gaelic games have been treated to a feast of football in recent weeks, both at national and local levels.

In the weeks leading up to the All-Ireland finals in Croke Park, representatives of the Ladies Gaelic Football Association in Croke Park visited schools in both the north and south of the county to promote the Gaelic4Girls programme. Castlecomer and Graignamanagh have been pinpointed for the programme, which has proved a huge success. Many new clubs are emerging across the country.

Through Gaelic4Girls participants aged between 9 and 13 can develop athletic and social skills in a safe and nurturing environment. The enrolment fee is E8 per player for the eight-week programme.

Schools in Castlecomer, Graignamanagh, Skeoughvosteen, The Rower and Inistioge were visited in recent weeks. Graignamanagh Gaelic4Girls got underway last week, with almost 50 girls taking part in the first session. The programme continues in Graigue for eight weeks, running every Thursday from 4 to 5pm. Girls from surrounding areas are welcome to attend. Further information is available from Joe Fox, tel 087-9504041

Castlecomer Gaelic4Girls will commence at 4pm at Ballycomey on Wednesday, October 12. Running for eight weeks, the ’Comer contact is Catriona Normoyle, tel 087-3154602.

Schools League

The girls’ primary schools football league has been a great success since it started in 2006. The competition has gone from strength to strength, with 28 schools from across the county participating this year.

The second round of games will be played this week. Weather permitting, the knockout stages will be held in November. The quarter-finals have been pencilled in for the week ending November 11, with the semi-finals a week later. The finals will be held on the week ending December 2.

The five groups are: Roinn A - Gowran, Piltown, St John of God, Kilmanagh, Thomastown, St Canice’s. Roinn B - Owning & Templeorum, Callan, Kilkenny Schools Project, Ballyragget, Gaelscoil, Clara. Roinn C - Skeoughvosteen, Ballyhale, Windgap, Urlingford. Roinn D (North) - Tullaroan, Galmoy, Coon/Muckalee, Castlecomer, St Canice’s B, Conahy. Roinn D (South) - Paulstown, Goresbridge, Dunnamaggin, Rower-Inistioge, Graignamanagh, Gowran B.


Following the success of the underage development squad in 2010, 48 girls from around the county came together for the opening training session for this year’s panel on Sunday.

Girls from Gowran, Muckalee, Ballyragget, Freshford, Ballyhale, Callan, Paulstown, Clara, Thomastown, Kilmanagh and Kilkenny city gathered at James’s Park where they spent an enjoyable hour practising their football skills. The squad will spend six weeks preparing for the Leinster Development blitz in November and training will focus on mastering the basic skills of Gaelic football and developing the player. All players will be invited to join the county under 12 and under 14 panels in the new year.

Training continues on Sunday next at 11am in James’s Park. Newcomers and mentors are welcome.

Schools and clubs are also asked to send players forward. Enquiries to Kilkenny Ladies Football, tel 086-8989033.

Coaching Course

A Ladies Football Fundamentals coaching course will be held on Saturday for trainers, senior players, teachers, parents and all who are currently involved in coaching or would like to become a mentor with a team. The course will be held at Paulstown GAA club from 10am to 4pm, with lunch provided.

In the near future it will become compulsory for club mentors at adult and underage level to have completed a Fundamentals coaching course, which will later be followed by a Level One course. The Fundamentals course is a mix of theory and practical elements and all participants are fully involved in the course.

Coaches will look at issues such as planning and implementing training programmes, as well as practical coaching and an introduction into the player pathway.

These units will provide a good basis for the development of those already coaching or anyone who is keen to get involved. The cost of the course is E25 per person and participants must be over 16. Bookings to Catriona, tel 056-7720870.